Stephen Lewis is the co-founder and board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Mr. Lewis is a Senior Fellow of the Enough Project. He is an immediate past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Emeritus Board Member of the International aids Vaccine Initiative. He served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law; the Commission’s landmark report was released in July 2012.
Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN SecretaryGeneral’s Special Envoy for HIV & AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEFat the organization’s global headquarters in New York. In 1997, in addition to his work at UNICEF, Mr. Lewis was appointed by the Organization of African Unity to a Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the Genocide in Rwanda. The “Rwanda Report” was issued in June of 2000. In 1993, Mr. Lewis became coordinator for the international study – known as the Graça Machel study – on the “Consequences of Armed Conflict on Children.” The report was tabled in the United Nations in 1996.
From 1984 through 1988, Stephen Lewis was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. In this capacity, he chaired the Committee that drafted the Five-Year UN Programme on African Economic Recovery. He also chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change, in 1988, which drew up the first comprehensive policy on global warming.
Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time. He holds 40 honorary doctorates: 38 from Canadian universities, as well as degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.